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The Friendly Club!

The St George Chess Club prides itself on a diverse membership with a range of chess abilities. We foster a social atmosphere for players of all ages and abilities.

The club runs regular internal club competitions and participates in interclub tournaments. More information about the activities can be found from the calendar.

Club Games: 7:30pm Tuesday nights, Prince Edward Rooms, St George Leagues Club, 124 Princes Highway, Kogarah NSW

News
2024 Big Boards versus Norths (first leg) 2024
The John Kellner- Terry Shaw Memorial Trophy

Team Result (only top 40 boards are counted): St George 20.5: Norths 19.5

Individual Results

Our apologies for the delay in getting these results to you, especially since the overall result was a positive one for St George. Hosting our friendly foes from across the waters, Norths, we just squeaked a one-point win in the first leg of this longstanding tournament. Should we have won even more convincingly, in that we out-rated our opponents significantly on most boards? Perhaps, but the ratings within a playing pool whose members mostly only play against each other can end up being out of alignment with the general population; and even more misalignment can occur when the members of one ‘limited’ pool are pitted against players from another similarly ‘limited’ pool. All the more reason for either our members to leave the nest more often, or for St George to attract outside ‘talent’ to visit Carlton more frequently. (PS We are working on the latter!)

Round 1: St George Club Teams Challenge Jun 11 – Aug 6

Teams Crosstable after Week 1

Animal, vegetable or mineral? Last night the answer was emphatically: Vegetable!  Ten fibre-filled teams tried to prove that their chess skills were a match to their nutritional worthiness. While no team ended up with a perfect score, Plant’s Pinned Parsnips came pretty close with a score of 4.5/5. But you can’t make a proper winter stew with just one veg, so next into the pot we find Curtis’ Castling Carrots and Zworestine’s Zugzwanging Zucchinis (4/5). There’s a lot more  slicing and dicing to come, so stay posted for future episodes!

This is a 9-round team round-robin chess tournament, with games played under a ‘classical’ time control (75 mins + 10 secs bonus per move). There will be ten teams with five players in each. The Club Captain (Charles Zworestine) places the players into teams such that each team has, ideally, an equal chance of winning the tournament. Within any one team, the players are sorted (by their ACF rating) to play at Board 1, or Board 2, or Board 3, and so on. On any given night, if you have been designated, for example, as a Board 3 player, you will play a single game against a Board 3 player from one of the other teams.

In the pairings table, the team on the left plays: black on board 1, white on board 2, black on board 3, white on board 4, black on board 5.

Khishigbataar Bayasgalan: Club Champion for 2024!
2024 Club Champion, Khishigbataar Bayasgalan. Photo: Samuel and Peter Slingo.

CM Khishigbataar Bayasgalan won her final Round 9 game, and with a score of 7.5/9, took the  Club Championship in a very convincing manner: 7 wins, one draw and a single loss. Congrats to Khishigbataar, our first ever female Champion! Daniel Melamed drew his final game and  came in second place, with 6 points. Jeremy Plunkett had a great tournament, with five wins, and was third with 5.5 points.

In all the other divisions, apart from Division 7, the round 8 leaders retained their first place position. In Division 7, Zachary Lee managed to edge ahead, and with 6.5 points, led three other players on 6 (Robert Roskowski, Oliver Ametson, Dimitrios Gourlas). The trophy winners are shown below. Note that trophies are only given for first and second place, and if more than one player shares first place, there is no second place trophy. Trophies will be given out on our club Presentation Night (Tuesday, Nov 12).

Upcoming Events at St George & elsewhere
St George Club Teams Challenge Jun 11 – Aug 6

This is a 9-round team round-robin chess tournament, with games played under a ‘classical’ time control. There will be ten teams with at least five players in each, depending on the level of interest. The Club Captain (Charles Zworestine) places the players into teams such that each team has, ideally, an equal chance of winning the tournament. Within any one team, the players are sorted (by their ACF rating) to play at Board 1, or Board 2, or Board 3, and so on. On any given night, if you have been designated, for example, as a Board 3 player, you will play a single game against a Board 3 player from one of the other teams.  As of today (June 10), Charles is still sorting the teams.

NSW Rapid Championships Sunday July 21

A one-day, 7-round tournament, with a reasonably relaxed (for rapid) time control: 15 minutes per game, with a 10 second bonus per move. There are prizes across five divisions, so there always a chance you might get your registration money back! Games are ACF and FIDE rated. The venue is the Sydney Academy of Chess, Burwood. Registration is not yet open but should be announced soon on the NSWCA site.

Sydney Chess Championships July 6-10 2024

This is the new major tournament on the NSW calendar: 9 rounds of classic (90 mins + 30s bonus) chess over 5 days for both of the two divisions: Open (over 1400 ACF) and Classic (under 1600 ACF). There is over $13K in prize money, and already more than 120 players are registered. It’s a tribute to the great work being done by Rooty Hill Chess Club, and Winston Chen in particular. All the details are here.